Raggedy hearts

The approach to Valentine’s Day in our household is understated. Not that I mind a fuss, you understand. Flowers are invariably welcome (cough), even on the other 364 days of the year. But given the day’s place in the uncompromising Calendar of Commercial Connivance, it can all be a bit much.

I love these ceramic buttons!

I love these ceramic buttons!

So this year we opted for cards and cheese fondue (mmm… I can taste it now…). In addition, I got crafty and made a little 3D felt heart for Mark, all of my own invention. And here’s how I did it. Sort of. Continue reading


Between you, me, the gatepost, the run-up to yuletide festivities, gearing up for life as a freelancer, an apparently interminable lurgy, and this head of mine – which persists, in an annoyingly pain-killer-resistant manner, in pounding away after rather a fraught week – I confess I’m feeling a bit frazzled this evening. I’m sure this state of affairs is not going to be remotely helped by the can of Diet Coke I’ve just begun, but there you are. Something’s got to keep me awake for just a little while longer and I don’t like coffee.

And before you ask, yes, it has also occurred to me that more time in front of a screen isn’t going to do my head any favours either, but I wanted to share this with you:

My first foray into wire knitting...

My first foray into wire knitting…

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